Four of Delhi family, 3 others killed as cable car plummets in Gulmarg
Four members of a Delhi family and three tourist guides were killed when a cable car came crashing down after a ropeway snapped midair in the ski-resort of Gulmarg on Sunday, prompting the J-K government to order a high-level inquiry.
A tree, uprooted by strong winds, fell on the ropeway of Gulmarg Gondola severing the lines and plummeting the cable car to the ground, a police official said.
The police said they rescued around 150 people stranded due to the snapping of the cable car ropeway in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. Four of the deceased belonged to a family from Delhi's Shalimar Bagh, he said. They have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manisha Andraskar and their two minor daughters, Anagha and Janhvi.
Three Kashmiri tourist guides, Mukhtar Ahmad of Chonti Patri Babareshi, and Jahangir Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad Chopan, both residents of Tangmarg – were also killed in the accident, the official said.
Two others, Tariq Ahmad and Ajaz Ahmad, both residents of Pachhar, were injured and were taken to a hospital in Srinagar.
All the five locals were said to be working as tourist guides in Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered a high-level inquiry while expressed grief and shock over the deaths.
The bodies of the deceased were being sent to their homes, the spokesperson said.
An official of the cable car company said that around 150 people had got stranded after the ropeway collapse.
"We resumed the ropeway for the rescue of the stranded people," Riyaz Ahmad, the general manager of the Jammu and Kashmir State Cable Car Corporation, which runs Gulmarg Gondola, said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned why the cable car service had not been shut down as a precautionary measure because of high winds.
"What terrible news," he tweeted. "...it begs the question as to why the cable car operations weren't suspended in high winds. That's a laid down SOP [standard operating procedure]," he posted on Twitter.